ABX Air Reports Increased Earnings for Quarter and Year

Charter segment revenues increase 93% for the quarter, 76% for the year

WILMINGTON, Ohio - Feb. 21, 2007 - ABX Air, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABXA) today reported net earnings of $68.9 million for the fourth quarter and $90.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2006.

Net earnings include a non-cash, income tax benefit of $54.0 million associated with the recognition of previously reserved deferred tax assets. ABX Air's net earnings per diluted share were $1.18 for the fourth quarter and $1.54 for 2006. The $54.0 million income tax benefit added $0.93 and $0.92, respectively, to the fourth quarter and full year 2006 diluted net earnings per share.

For the fourth quarter of 2006, pre-tax earnings increased 64% compared to the previous fourth quarter, to $14.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, on $306.3 million of revenues. For the year, pre-tax earnings increased 19% over 2005, to $36.0 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, on revenues of $1.26 billion.

"We finished strong in 2006, with earnings gains and positive operating cash flow from support of our largest customer, DHL, and from our own rapidly growing air charter operations," ABX Air President and CEO Joe Hete said. "Those gains provide a solid platform for making still further progress in our businesses during 2007."

Results Associated with the DHL Agreements

ABX Air's pre-tax earnings associated with services it performs for DHL Express (USA), Inc., ("DHL") improved despite lower revenues from that business for both the fourth quarter and full year 2006. Pre-tax earnings from DHL-related services were up 62% to $10.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2006 and up 5% to $22.5 million for the year.

The increase in fourth-quarter DHL-related pre-tax earnings was driven primarily by ABX Air's improved performance against service-related goals under ABX Air's two commercial agreements with DHL. Incremental mark-ups for service performance under these agreements contributed $3.3 million to fourth-quarter pre-tax earnings in 2006, compared with just $0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

"We were able to sustain excellent service levels for our largest customer throughout 2006, substantially improving on our 2005 performance," Hete said. "We are proud of the role our people played in helping DHL provide outstanding on-time service to its customers."

Revenues declined in 2006 principally because DHL assumed management of its line-haul trucking operations from ABX Air in May 2006. ABX Air's revenues from those line-haul management operations were approximately $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with $81.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Full-year results from those operations were $1.6 million in pre-tax earnings on revenues of $83.1 million in 2006, and $4.3 million in pre-tax earnings on revenues of $297.6 million in 2005, including fuel surcharge.

ABX Air's fourth quarter 2006 pre-tax earnings include $10.0 million from its two contracts with DHL. Under the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) and Hub Services agreements, ABX earns a base mark-up on eligible costs and can earn incremental mark-up revenues for meeting certain quarterly cost, or annual cost or service goals. Any incremental mark-up earned from attainment of annual cost and service goals is recognized in the fourth quarter.

ABX Air's fourth quarter 2006 pre-tax earnings from the two contracts include $2.5 million from the base mark-up and $7.5 million from its performance against incremental mark-up goals. DHL-related pre-tax earnings of $6.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2005 included $0.8 million from the base mark-up and $5.3 million from the achievement of incremental mark-up goals. The following are incremental mark-ups included in fourth-quarter revenues and pre-tax earnings for each period:

Incremental Mark-ups from
      DHL Contracts              Three Months Ended December 31,
                           -------------------------------------------
     ($ in millions)               2006                  2005
                           --------------------- ---------------------
                                    Hub                   Hub
                           ACMI   Services Total ACMI   Services Total
                           ----- --------- ----- ----- --------- -----
Quarterly cost-related     $0.1        $-  $0.1  $0.6        $-  $0.6
Annual cost-related         4.1         -   4.1   4.0         -   4.0
Annual service-related      1.2       2.1   3.3   0.7         -   0.7
                           ----- --------- ----- ----- --------- -----
Total Incremental Mark-up  $5.4      $2.1  $7.5  $5.3        $-  $5.3
                           ===== ========= ===== ===== ========= =====

For 2006, ABX earned 100% of its available annual cost and service incentives under the ACMI agreement and 70% of its available service incentive under the Hub Services agreement. Annual service-related incentive performance improved under both agreements compared to 2005, when ABX Air earned 60% of its available annual service incentives under the ACMI agreement, but no annual service incentives under the Hub Services agreement. For both 2006 and 2005, ABX earned 100% of available annual cost-related incentive under the ACMI agreement, but none of the annual cost-related incentive under the Hub Services agreement. The 2005 service incentive performance under the Hub Services agreement was negatively impacted by operational changes associated with the September 2005 Wilmington hub consolidation, as well as the relocation of two regional hubs.

For the year ended December 31, 2006, pre-tax earnings from base revenues under the two DHL contracts were $12.0 million, and the incremental cost and service mark-ups were $10.5 million, including quarterly and annual amounts. For the year ended December 31, 2005, pre-tax earnings from base revenues were $13.5 million, and incremental cost and service mark-ups added $7.8 million.

Results from Non-DHL Air Charter Operations

Operating results associated with ABX Air's non-DHL businesses also increased, driven by expanded air charter operations. Revenues from ABX Air's non-DHL air charter segment increased by 93% to $8.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2006 from $4.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Pre-tax earnings as a percentage of charter revenue doubled to 22% versus 11% a year ago. Both revenues and margins benefited from a holiday-season flight for the United States Postal Service ("USPS") using an ABX Air Boeing 767 freighter. For the full year 2006, air charter revenues increased 76% to $24.4 million with a 15% pre-tax earnings margin from $13.9 million with an 8% pre-tax earnings margin in 2005.

"By quarter-end, we had four Boeing 767 freighter aircraft operating for customers other than DHL, including one that entered service late in the quarter," said Hete. "These aircraft were quickly integrated into our ACMI charter businesses, and fourth quarter customer utilization of the aircraft was quite high. We anticipate placing six additional 767 freighters into service during 2007, and we expect these aircraft to contribute significantly to our bottom line based upon the strong customer demand."

"Our decision to allocate capital to add twelve Boeing 767 freighter aircraft to our ABX Air fleet has thus far generated the double-digit air charter margins we anticipated when we made that decision in 2005," said Hete. "With four 767 freighters now deployed outside of our core DHL ACMI agreement, plans to add six more in 2007 and two in 2008, plus the three USPS facilities we now operate, we expect to see a continuation of growth in our non-DHL revenue stream."

Results from other Non-DHL Operations

Revenues from ABX Air's other non-DHL operations increased by 56% to $11.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2006 from $7.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. Revenues for the full year from ABX Air's other non-DHL operations increased by 19% to $24.1 million from $20.2 million. In September 2006, ABX Air began managing two USPS sorting facilities in Dallas and Memphis to go along with a third USPS facility in Indianapolis that ABX has operated since September 2004. Fourth-quarter 2006 pre-tax earnings for ABX Air's other non-DHL operations were affected by start-up losses from the two added USPS sorting facilities, which were more than offset by gains from sales of certain surplus DC-8 aircraft during the fourth quarter of 2006.

Income Taxes

ABX Air has not reflected income tax expense since its separation from Airborne, Inc. in 2003, even though it has had pre-tax profits in each year since separation, because the tax expense has been offset by reductions in its valuation allowance on net deferred tax assets. At the time of the separation from Airborne, Inc. a full valuation allowance was recorded against ABX Air's net deferred tax assets. The allowance was originally recorded because it was deemed more likely than not that the Company would be unable to realize the benefits of its net deferred tax assets.

In the fourth quarter of 2006, ABX Air reversed the remaining valuation allowance on its net deferred tax assets. Management's projections of future earnings and successful implementation of diversification strategies combined with a three year history of profitable results indicate that the Company will more likely than not be able to utilize its net deferred tax assets, including its net operating loss carryforwards.

Beginning in 2007, ABX Air expects to record income tax expense at an effective rate of approximately 38% of pre-tax earnings. The Company does not expect to pay federal income taxes for at least the next two years based on forecasted usage of net operating loss carryforwards. ABX Air may, however, be required to pay alternative minimum taxes and certain state and local income taxes before then.

Adoption of SFAS No. 158

As discussed in ABX Air's third quarter 2006 10-Q filing, in September 2006 the FASB issued SFAS No. 158, "Employers' Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans." Among other changes, SFAS No. 158 requires an employer to recognize on its balance sheet the funded status of its pension and other post-retirement benefit plans. SFAS No. 158 requires that defined benefit pension liabilities reflect the funded status of projected benefit obligations, which include estimates of benefits from projected salary increases in future years. Prior to SFAS No. 158, ABX's balance sheet reflected as a minimum liability the funded status of defined benefit pension obligations based on actual salary rates.

ABX Air adopted SFAS No. 158 effective December 31, 2006. As a result, the Company's balance sheet reflects an increase in defined benefit post-retirement liabilities of $144.0 million, a decrease in other assets of $2.0 million, an increase in deferred tax assets of $53.0 million, and a decrease in stockholders' equity of $93.0 million due to SFAS No. 158.

Riverside Hub

ABX Air was notified on February 20, 2007 that DHL would take over the management of the Riverside, California operation effective June 2007. During 2006, the Riverside Hub contributed $11.7 million in revenues and approximately $290,000 in pre-tax earnings, less than 1% of the Company's total revenue and pre-tax earnings.

Conference Call

ABX Air will host a conference call to review its financial results for the fourth quarter and year end of 2006 on Thursday, February 22, at 10:00 am Eastern time. Participants should dial (800) 299-8538 and international participants should dial (617) 786-2902 ten minutes before the scheduled start of the call and ask for conference ID #84118095. The call will also be webcast live (listen-only mode) via either www.abxair.com or www.earnings.com for individual investors and www.streetevents.com for institutional investors. A replay of the conference call will be available an hour after the conclusion of the call. It will be available by phone for five days after the call at (888) 286-8010 (international callers (617) 801-6888); use pass code ID #49344065. The webcast replay will remain available via www.abxair.com or www.earnings.com for 30 days.

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. ABX Air, Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, reductions in the scope of services under the commercial agreements with DHL, maintaining cost and service level performance, the ability to generate revenues from sources other than DHL, the ability to generate taxable earnings sufficient to realize certain tax benefits, and other factors that are contained from time to time in ABX Air's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including ABX's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers should carefully review this release and should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements were based on information, plans and estimates as of the date of this release. ABX undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or other changes.


ABX AIR, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except earnings per share)

                           Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
                               December 31           December 31
                           ------------------- -----------------------
                             2006      2005       2006        2005
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
REVENUES                   $306,270  $396,638  $1,260,361  $1,464,390
OPERATING EXPENSES:
  Salaries, wages and
   benefits                 167,619   168,672     635,015     610,251
  Fuel                       62,643    68,313     262,948     257,710
  Maintenance, materials
   and repairs               21,731    28,698      97,108     108,343
  Purchased line-haul and
   yard management            1,895    82,267      88,223     312,286
  Depreciation and
   amortization              11,658    10,816      45,660      41,167
  Landing and ramp            4,906     7,236      21,099      26,522
  Rent                        2,890     1,407       9,716       7,506
  Other                      16,147    18,174      57,807      61,842
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
                            289,489   385,583   1,217,576   1,425,627
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
                             16,781    11,055      42,785      38,763
INTEREST EXPENSE, NET OF
 INTEREST INCOME             (1,894)   (1,972)     (6,772)     (8,451)
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
PRE-TAX EARNINGS             14,887     9,083      36,013      30,312
INCOME TAX BENEFIT           54,041         -      54,041           -
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
NET EARNINGS                $68,928    $9,083     $90,054     $30,312
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========
EARNINGS PER SHARE:
  Basic earnings per share    $1.18     $0.16       $1.55       $0.52
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========
  Diluted earnings per
   share                      $1.18     $0.16       $1.54       $0.52
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES:
   Basic                     58,270    58,270      58,270      58,270
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========
   Diluted                   58,487    58,449      58,403      58,475
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========

ABX AIR, INC.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

                                             December 31, December 31,
                                                 2006         2005
                                             ------------ ------------
ASSETS:
  Cash                                           $63,219      $69,473
  Marketable securities                           15,374       15,637
  Accounts receivable, net                        10,365       15,776
  Deferred taxes                                  14,691            -
  Other current assets                            22,521       19,560
                                             ------------ ------------
  Total Current Assets                           126,170      120,446
  Property and equipment, net                    458,638      381,645
  Other assets                                     7,966       13,952
  Deferred taxes                                  87,024            -
                                             ------------ ------------
   Total Assets                                 $679,798     $516,043
                                             ============ ============
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
  Current Liabilities                           $144,278     $162,269
  Pension and retiree obligations                222,587       74,618
  Other long-term obligations                    192,723      166,077
  Stockholders' Equity                           120,210      113,079
                                             ------------ ------------
   Total Liabilities and Stockholders'
    Equity                                      $679,798     $516,043
                                             ============ ============

ABX AIR, INC.
EARNINGS SUMMARY (Unaudited)
(In thousands)

                           Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
                              December 31,          December 31,
                           ------------------- -----------------------
                             2006      2005       2006        2005
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
REVENUES
 DHL Contracts
  ACMI
   Base mark-up            $114,447  $116,203    $466,967    $480,322
   Incremental mark-up        5,399     5,349       7,451       7,027
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
    Total ACMI              119,846   121,552     474,418     487,349
  Hub Services
   Base mark-up              90,662   171,978     400,336     605,094
   Incremental mark-up        2,063         -       3,015         753
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
    Total Hub Services       92,725   171,978     403,351     605,847
  Other Reimbursable         73,864    91,459     334,101     337,151
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
 Total DHL                  286,435   384,989   1,211,870   1,430,347
 Charter                      8,602     4,450      24,440      13,864
 All other                   11,233     7,199      24,051      20,179
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
    Total Revenues         $306,270  $396,638  $1,260,361  $1,464,390
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
EXPENSES
 DHL Contracts
  ACMI                     $112,725  $114,302    $459,926    $472,283
  Hub Services               89,881   173,095     395,391     599,591
  Other Reimbursable         73,864    91,459     334,101     337,151
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
   Total DHL                276,470   378,856   1,189,418   1,409,025
 Charter                      6,678     3,945      20,736      12,726
 All other                    9,311     5,619      19,356      14,786
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
    Total Expenses         $292,459  $388,420  $1,229,510  $1,436,537
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
EARNINGS
 DHL Contracts               $9,965    $6,133     $22,452     $21,322
 Charter                      1,924       505       3,704       1,138
 All other                    1,922     1,580       4,695       5,393
 Interest income, net of
  non-reimbursed interest
  expense                     1,076       865       5,162       2,459
                           --------- --------- ----------- -----------
     Pre-tax earnings       $14,887    $9,083     $36,013     $30,312
                           ========= ========= =========== ===========

Note: The results above for customers other than DHL do not reflect an allocation of overhead costs that are reimbursed by DHL. The provisions of the commercial agreements with DHL do not require an allocation of reimbursed overhead until such time as ABX derives more than 10% of its total revenue from non-DHL sources.

ABX AIR, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
Diluted earnings per share
(Unaudited)

                                    Months ended       Months ended
                                  December 31, 2006  December 31, 2005
                                 ------------------ ------------------
                                   Three    Twelve    Three    Twelve
                                 --------- -------- --------- --------
GAAP diluted earnings per share     $1.18    $1.54     $0.16    $0.52
  Effect of tax benefit              0.93     0.92         -        -
                                 --------- -------- --------- --------
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per
 share                              $0.25    $0.62     $0.16    $0.52
                                 ========= ======== ========= ========

Contact:
ABX Air, Inc.
Quint Turner, 937-382-5591